Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Cars of beauty and art:
Peanuts have been a part of my life. As a child the most memorable ‘peanut’ time was nights at great-grandpa Hilley’s home in North Georgia. He was small of stature, but big in the family. He was also an appointed Judge. He held court just across the dirt road from his farm house. The first time I visited ‘Judge Roy Beam’s’ court (West of the Pecos), I thought of Grandpa. His courtroom was only half the size of Beams, roughly 8’x8’ excluding his desk and seat.
Anyway, nights with only oil lamps for light, we all gathered around the fireplace and he parched peanuts. He told stories as they parched, then told more stories as we cracked the peanuts and ate them. Occasionally there was tea but mostly well water to drink.
I am snacking on parched peanuts as I type. I parched some freshly hulled nuts. I like to put some ‘spray margarine’ on them. But alas, I actually got up and opened the ‘empty’ refrigerator to get some margarine, then quickly realized,,,, nothing there except a thermometer and it reads 50 degrees.
Daddy loved peanuts until he died. Mama never fussed about the mess he made, she liked them too. Daddy’s first attempt at supporting mama and a baby was sharecropping peanuts. He was known to say he and mama raised a ‘box car’ load one year, it was a bumper crop. That was using a plow and a pair of mules.
I like the nuts parched in the shell, but these I have were already shelled. My daddy would say they were ‘hulled’.
Sorry, but peanuts were on my mind.
Refrigerator report. Sherry passed on the smell today (just a hint left) so we removed the cat litter and turned it on (I'm saving the litter, just in case!) . It has been on now at least 10 hours. The temp in the refrig is 50 degrees in the freezer is 19.. What? It has never been that cold before. I just added another thermometer to check. I had lain the device down, I hung it up and it now reads 36, that is good. I hope it drops to 19-20!
We are hoping the smell will completely go away with use.
( Shhhhhh...I have found a couple coaches to go look at just in case. LOL)